Every Tuesday, the Analog Kid blog goes back in time and features some groovy R&B/soul songs from a specific year. Sometimes you’ll hear songs from individual artists, and other times you’ll get an entire full-length classic LP ripped directly from the Analog Kid’s vast vinyl vault. Warning: by R&B/soul, I also mean disco. I could go all Weather Girls on your ass at any given moment, so just be ready!

 

Peaches & Herb’s 2 Hot! came out of nowhere to to rule the airwaves in 1979. “Shake Your Groove Thing” was the first single off of 2 Hot!, and it became the duo’s first Top 10 hit since 1967’s “Close Your Eyes.” Of course, this was really a new duo, as the original Peaches (Francine Barker) had been replaced by Linda Greene in 1977. Greene was a perfect fit for the band, and her sultry voice helped elevate “Reunited” to the top spot on both the pop and R&B charts. “Reunited” spent four weeks at #1 in May of 1979, and also earned songwriters Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris a 1980 Grammy nomination for Song Of The Year (it lost out to the Doobie Brothers’ “What A Fool Believes,” written by Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins).

The follow-up album Twice The Fire spawned the Top 20 hit “I Pledge My Love” in 1979, but Peaches & Herb would never again match the crossover success of 2 Hot! It’s a fantastic album from start to finish, and the Analog Kid is happy to present this copy ripped from my own original vinyl. Commence booty-bumpin’!

2 Hot!

Peaches & Herb: 2 Hot!

Polydor Records, 1978

Vinyl rip courtesy of the Analog Kid

1. “We’ve Got Love” (Fekaris/Perren)

We’ve Got Love

2. “Shake Your Groove Thing” (Fekaris/Perren)

Shake Your Groove Thing

3. “Reunited” (Fekaris/Perren)

Reunited

4. “All Your Love (Give It Here)” (Fekaris/Perren)

All Your Love (Give It Here)

5. “Love It Up Tonight” (Fekaris/Perren)

Love It Up Tonight

6. “Four’s A Traffic Jam” (Fekaris/Perren)

Four’s A Traffic Jam

7. “The Star Of My Life” (Fekaris/Perren)

The Star Of My Life

8. “Easy As Pie” (Fekaris/Perren)

Easy As Pie

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Bonus Tracks!

The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.

Let's Fall In Love

Peaches & Herb: “Close Your Eyes” (Willis)

From the album Let’s Fall In Love

Date Records, 1967

Close Your Eyes

Twice The Fire

Peaches & Herb: “I Pledge My Love” (Perren)

From the album Twice The Fire

Polydor Records, 1979

I Pledge My Love

Peaches & Herb_ Singles & B-Sides

Peaches & Herb: “Reunited [Single Version]” (Fekaris/Perren)

Polydor Records, 1978

Reunited [Single Version]

groove

Peaches & Herb: “Shake Your Thing [Extended Version]” (Fekaris/Perren)

From the 12″ promo single Shake Your Groove Thing

Polydor Records, 1978

Shake Your Groove Thing [Extended Version]

What A Fool Believes [U.S. 12_]

The Doobie Brothers: “What A Fool Believes [Special Disco Version]” (McDonald/Loggins)

From the 12″ single What A Fool Believes

Warner Brothers Records, 1978

Vinyl rip courtesy of the Analog Kid

What A Fool Believes [Special Disco Version]

 

 

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